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Better Than Ricotta Cheese by Tofutti

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It’s finally here, the first vegan ricotta cheese alternative, crafted by the wizards of dairy alternatives at Tofutti! Now you can make your favorite Italian dishes with the perfect dairy-free replacement – you’ll be able to create spectacular pastas, pizzas, calzones, lasagna, ravioli, cannoli and more with this handy tofu-based ricotta. It’s also gluten-free, too! 16 oz. (454g) container is $5.79.

Ingredients: Water, expeller blend of natural oils (palm fruit, soybean and olive), tofu, soy protein, maltodextrin, vegan lactic acid, natural blend of gums (locust bean, guar, cellulose, xanthan and carrageenan), brown rice, agar agar, vinegar, organic sugar, vegetable mono and diglycerides, sea salt

Nutritional information:
Serving size – ¼ cup (62g)
Servings per container – about 8
Calories per serving – 100
Total fat – 7g (3.5g saturated, 0g trans fat)
Sodium – 150mg
Total carbohydrate – 8g (1g fiber, 0g sugars)
Protein – 2g


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From of Brooklyn, New York on .

I will say, the texture for this ricotta is spot-on. So if you were to add lots of herbs and garlic and if the ricotta is not central to your recipe, you're probably fine. But alone, I'm not a big fan of Better Than Ricotta. It's got that fruity flavor so many soy cheeses have that my girlfriend and I just couldn't get behind. We're experimenting, though, with the rest of the container and I'll let you know if we come up with anything good!

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From of Toronto, Ontario on .

To preface this astronomically long review: 1.) I am a member of no rival company of Tofutti's (or any company at all for that matter) and I am affiliated solely with none other than myself. 2.)As of this current moment in time I have way to many hours to fill and not enough to fill them with... in other words, I'm bored out of my mind. And lastly, 3.) After enormous build up and excitement of this product, I felt it my duty in life to share with the world my innermost thoughts, feelings, and opinions of said product. After all, my purple hair keeps me from finding a real job ;). Nonetheless, my credibility stands as a 22 year old, mostly vegan foodie who's been exploring the vegan food market as well as experimenting in her own kitchen even before I left mom and dad for the real world. But I'll get to the review, this is already turning into a novel.

Alright, so. I absolutely love Tofutti's non hydrogenated vegan cream cheese as well as their sour cream. I've been making a pasta sauce out of the cream cheese, nutritional yeast, and capers, mixed with just a little bit of water, that is delicious and figured... hey! why not use ricotta instead? Ricotta seems to lend itself to the pasta realm more fittingly than cream cheese would. I was beyond excited to try it and picked it up from the store (if any of you DO like this and are in TO... grab it from Chinatown- only $4.99CAN, actually, they have EVERYTHING vegan you'd want for cheaper). Home and hungry- I opened it up, stuck a spoon in it and...

...nearly spit it out on the floor. The amount of energy it took to simply chew and swallow, avoiding a scene and I'd assume- a few odd looks, was more than I would like to admit.

First bite, its horrible. I tried it again, just to make sure. Yep, still terrible. I even checked the expiration date to make sure it wasn't rotten because, assuredly, the same people who brought me the marvelous vegan cream cheese and sour cream could not have produced the abhorrent flavour that was now saturating my taste buds.

Despite my first impressions, I'm on a limited budget. I just paid five dollars for this AND Kensington Market is on the other side of town. Though I would rather simply cast it into the fire (or toss it in the garbage can for the common folk), it irks me to waste anything paid for with my not so deep pockets.

Eventually, I created something, for all intents and purposes, that was edible subsequent to the additions of the following: copious amounts of nutritional yeast, a tad of extra salt (well, sodium free Herbamare), a smidgen of tomato sauce, black pepper, and garlic powder. Basil would have given it a little extra oomph or maybe a pinch of an italian spice blend but neither came forward to aid in the bettering of the Tofutti ricotta. OH and I do need to mention, heating it up is explicitly imperative. No matter what you do, what you add, or how fried your taste buds may be- eating it cold is going to be a vile assault of your tongue.

Maybe the taste will grow on me or maybe a different cooking method (baking?) will turn it into something wonderful, but I highly doubt it. A product should not have to be altered to so many degrees in order to only consider putting it in ones mouth.

Extremely disappointing. Next time you want ricotta cheese, do the work and make it yourself. And to be honest, its hardly work at all. Its not only quicker and easier than running out to the store... it will cost you much less than five dollars, be absolutely delicious, AND be made of whole and healthy ingredients.

TOFU RICOTTA: Mash or process a drained block (12oz/350g) of firm tofu until crumbled and resembling dry ricotta. (Works best if you use a food processor though I've made it by hand and while it takes longer, it still turns out just as delicious.) Add 1T olive oil, 2 really finely minced cloves of garlic, 2T lemon juice, salt to taste, black pepper, 1/3c. finely chopped fresh basil, and last but not least 1/3c. nutritional yeast. Add a bit of water if its not the consistency you'd like it to be. Any of the ingredients can be adjusted. Add more or less according to taste! (OTHER SUGGESTIONS: add a few tablespoons of either tahini or vegan cream cheese for extra creaminess OR add a handful or two of non dairy shredded cheese before baking!)

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From of Bozeman, Montana on .

I strongly suggest avoiding this junk like the garbage that it is! I am a culinary professional..culinary school trained and graduated..I bought this by mistake while looking for ricotta.I was in a hurry and seen the word RICOTTA on the label. That will teach me to NOT be in a hurry at the grocery store. I used it in a lasagna...one of my signature dishes for a very important dinner.. Suffice it to say.. no one was impressed and it went straight into the trash.. $50 down the drain.. and for a product that costs about twice as much as REAL ricotta..I am soooooo not happy. Anyone that eats this poop and likes it has no taste buds.

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From of Hackettstown, New Jersey on .

Don't eat it straight, it's too dry for that, but mixed into a pasta bake with sauce it was delightful, tasted like the real deal!

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From of Phoenix, Arizona on .

This is a pretty good ricotta sub. I have tried it as part of a white pizza (along with Follow Your Heart Mozz or Jack) and it tasted as expected.

Where it really stands out is as part of the Alfredo Sauce recipe(on the container) It makes a GREAT Alfredo Sauce that only takes a few minutes. I'll bet you can come up with other things to use it in besides lasagne.

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